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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
5477 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 5 Bob Johnston Cow Camp Soup Take a ten penny nail, throw er in a pail. cooking, food, recipe,
5478 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 6 Bob Johnston Comfort I've built a thousand camp fires. camping, campfire, day-dream, friends, loneliness
5479 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 8 Bob Johnston The Devil Horse I was catching mustangs, making a buck or two. bucking, horse, roping, taming
5480 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 12 Bob Johnston A Hill Top in Summer I feel welcome on this hill top. summer, plants, beauty, smell, smells, warmth
5481 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 13 Bob Johnston A Summer's Day As I sit here drowsing, dreaming. Summer, sunshine, dreaming, aging, mind, knowledge, wisdom
5482 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 14 Bob Johnston The Good Old Days The folklorist keeps asking. work, ranching, hardship, childhood, progress, modern
5483 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 4 Bob Johnston Cow Country You are a hell of a way from anywhere.
5484 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 16 Bob Johnston My Companion If you live in city streets. city, wind, friends, hardships, environment
5485 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 19 Bob Johnston I Think Of sagebrush and soap weeds, pines on the hills. plants, environment, lifestyle, outdoors
5486 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 20 Bob Johnston Old Ed the Story Teller When I was young I had a friend. friends, age, storytelling, truth, history
5487 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 22 Bob Johnston The Horse Trainer This feller brought me a horse to ride. hardship, horse trading, training, riding,
5488 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 24 Bob Johnston The Cowboy Cook He was old as cowboys go, maybe forty or so. aging, temperament, contentedness, cooking, danger
5489 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 27 Bob Johnston Old Joe I called him "Joe" as a two-year-old. horse, friendship, partner,
5490 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 28 Bob Johnston The Misplaced Buckaroo I've known two places in my time. Australia, Nevada, buckaroo, gear, customs, differences
5491 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 30 Bob Johnston Levi's Blue Denim It first covered the legs of cowboys. pants, trousers, clothing, gear, women, fashion
5492 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 31 Bob Johnston Agriculture, 1935-1985 Cattle prices are down they say. economics, change, farming, hardship, foreclosure, finance, money
5493 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 34 Bob Johnston The Sea of Grass We came out of the dust bowl. environment, outdoors, dust, hardship, poverty, home
5494 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 37 Bob Johnston Rodeo Then and Now You traveled by train or hitched hiked. reminisce, changes, change, computers, riding,
5495 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 39 Bob Johnston The Finals Nine thousand miles of highway. rodeo, champion, riding, bronc
5496 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 40 Bob Johnston The Gathering I was invited out to Elko. poetry, travel, gear, competition, advice, clothing,
5497 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 42 Bob Johnston Heard on the Evening News Everyone chastising the President. Germans, Jews, killing, violence, mafia, terrorism
5498 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 43 Bob Johnston The 30th of May 1985 The wind came up strong. storm, wind, environment, hardship,
5499 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 45 Bob Johnston The Wolf and I The Old Wolf came down from the high hills. wildlife, survival, wisdom, age, death,
5500 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 46 Bob Johnston Disillusion I say this lady passing by. woman, clothing, beauty, underwear
5501 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 47 Bob Johnston A Special Sunrise The sunrise came again this morning. beauty, outdoors, environment, sun, contentment, happiness, time